IllinoisTimes - Editor's Note Thu, 27 Aug 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Editor's note 8/27/15 Editor's note 8/27/15
Readers, be sure to take a listen to WUIS radio’s Dusty Rhodes’ reporting series “Black and White” on the racially uneven discipline practices in District 186 Springfield Public Schools. The s...]]>
Editor’s note 8/20/15 Editor’s note 8/20/15
 The Illinois Department of Natural Resources entry in last week’s State Fair Twilight Parade was a truck pulling a big trailer carrying one person. Nothing could illustrate better that the onc...]]>
Editor's note 8/13/15 Editor's note 8/13/15
Illinoisans have been lulled into thinking that once the current budget stalemate is resolved, social services will be funded. But, as detailed in this week’s cover story by Patrick Yeagle, the soci...]]>
Editor's note 8/6/15 Editor's note 8/6/15
“As the butter chills to form the State Fair butter cow, service providers and organizations across the state are melting from the heat of the state budget gridlock.” That’s the way a group of t...]]>
Editor's note 7/30/15 Editor's note 7/30/15
House Speaker Michael Madigan wasn’t being overly dramatic when he told his fellow legislators Tuesday, “We are involved in a historic struggle.” He said the House has passed four separate bills...]]>
Editor’s note 7/23/15 Editor’s note 7/23/15
 Voters always complain that political campaigns are too long, but it is in the course of a long campaign that a candidate’s true character, or lack of it, often emerges. Gov. Bruce Rauner’s...]]>
Editor’s note 7/16/15 Editor’s note 7/16/15
 In his appearance at the Presidential Library Tuesday, one of the great liberals of Illinois politics, Abner Mikva, set many of us to reminiscing as he told stories from his 10 years in the Illi...]]>
Editor’s note 7/9/15 Editor’s note 7/9/15
 Don’t close the museum, continued. The one and only public hearing on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s crazy proposal to close the Illinois State Museum is 4 p.m. Monday in Room 212 of the Capitol. Those...]]>
Editor’s note 7/2/15 Editor’s note 7/2/15
Museum watch, continued. Kids at the Illinois State Museum summer camp last week got a lesson in irony after Gov. Bruce Rauner, who proposes to close the museum, stopped by for a photo op with them. N...]]>
Editor’s note 6/25/15 Editor’s note 6/25/15
 Amid all the other calamities threatened from the Statehouse, the governor’s proposed closure of the Illinois State Museum may seem like just one more thing that probably won’t happen. Maybe...]]>
Editor’s note 6/18/15 Editor’s note 6/18/15
 Look out, Gov. Bruce Rauner is really mad now. He’s throwing hundreds of thousands of his own dollars at House Speaker Mike Madigan by means of a statewide TV ad campaign. “Mike Madigan and...]]>
Editor’s note 6/11/15 Editor’s note 6/11/15
 People who don’t follow Statehouse debates closely, which is probably most people, likely didn’t realize that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s property tax freeze, voted down in the House this week, ac...]]>
Editor’s note 6/4/15 Editor’s note 6/4/15
Now, out of the blue, Gov. Bruce Rauner is threatening to close the Illinois State Museum in his effort to persuade Democrats to vote for workers compensation reform and other parts of his personal �...]]>
Editor’s note 5/28/15 Editor’s note 5/28/15
Just when we start to think we understand the game now being played at the Statehouse, we learn something that makes us not so sure. At first the Democrats’ position seemed to make perfect sense –...]]>
Editor’s note 5/21/15 Editor’s note 5/21/15
It looks like Gov. Bruce Rauner and the legislature may not get to see summer this year. They’ll likely be at the Statehouse playing politics, which may be good for Springfield restaurants if bad fo...]]>
Editor’s note 5/14/15 Editor’s note 5/14/15
 Here we go again on Hunter Lake. The outgoing City Water, Light and Power chief says that Springfield needs a second lake to serve as a backup water supply, something former mayor Mike Houston s...]]>
Editor’s note 5/7/15 Editor’s note 5/7/15
Gov. Bruce Rauner was front and center at the Lincoln funeral reenactment events last weekend, proclaiming his admiration for Abraham Lincoln and his ties to Springfield where, the governor said, Linc...]]>
Editor’s note 4/30/15 Editor’s note 4/30/15
For the Funeral Reenactment weekend, there is a lecture about 1860s underwear (3:10 p.m. Saturday at Benedictine) and another on how Springfielders did their laundry 150 years ago (3:40 p.m. Saturday ...]]>
Editor’s note 4/23/15 Editor’s note 4/23/15
As Gov. Bruce Rauner finishes his 100th day of wreaking havoc on the Illinois budget, Illinoisans are beginning to realize they got what they voted for. Rauner has used the authority given him by the ...]]>
Editor's note 4/9/15 Editor's note 4/9/15
Jim Langfelder’s decisive win for mayor should give him the confidence to breathe energy into city hall. His first order of business is to recruit new leadership for City, Water, Light and Power, wh...]]>
Editor’s note 4/2/15 - Contemplating antique glass paperweights Editor’s note 4/2/15 - Contemplating antique glass paperweights
 IT went all in to preview the upcoming Springfield municipal election. Last week’s cover story by Bruce Rushton offered depth and context on the race for mayor between Paul Palazzolo and Jim L...]]>
Editor’s note 3/26/15 Editor’s note 3/26/15
 At this writing, the Illinois House has passed a stopgap budget fix, waiting for the Senate to act to keep government running till June 30. Many Statehouse watchers are so amazed and pleased tha...]]>
Editor's note 3/19/15 Editor's note 3/19/15
The drip, drip of records related to the city’s Shredgate scandal continued this week with the city’s release of minutes, a transcript and an audio recording of an hour-long city council executive...]]>
Editor’s note 3/12/15 Editor’s note 3/12/15
 Every two years the Public Affairs Reporting program at University of Illinois Springfield reminds us of its impact on the world of journalism by inducting successful graduates into the Bill Mil...]]>
Editor’s note 3/5/15 Editor’s note 3/5/15
 On Monday staff writer Bruce Rushton broke the story on that Vince DeMentri, anchor for WICS television news, had been involved in an election night bar fight at Hooters with G...]]>
Editor's note 2/26/15 Editor's note 2/26/15
Mayor Mike Houston lost Tuesday’s primary election, but he can hold his head high for running a campaign focused on the issues and his record as mayor, which isn’t nearly as bad as the final vote ...]]>
Editor’s note 2/19/15 Editor’s note 2/19/15
 We are pleased to hear that Gov. Bruce Rauner has recognized the need to give independence to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum by making it a stand-alone state agency. Now it ...]]>
Editor's note 2/12/15 Editor's note 2/12/15
On Sunday, Feb. 12, 1865, his 56th birthday that would be his last, Abraham Lincoln was apparently working at his desk in Washington, D. C. Records show that he was in a merciful mood. After a long co...]]>
Editor’s note 2/5/15 Editor’s note 2/5/15
 Could we get Sen. Dick Durbin and other public officials to apply some common sense before promoting another big “clean coal” project? It is only natural for job-hungry politicians to crow a...]]>
Editor's note 1/29/15 Editor's note 1/29/15
One Springfield alderman has taken great offense at being accused by a fellow alderman of “pontificating” during city council debate. Indeed, the accusation doesn’t seem quite right. To pontific...]]>